Boiled Green beans on thanksgiving plate

Boiled Green Beans

Boiled Green Beans

These Boiled Green beans would be the perfect addition to your Thanksgiving plate! I promise you they will not be the boring side dish of veggies at the Thanksgiving buffet. They are full of flavor and texture. Your dinner guests will love them!

Thanksgiving plate with boiled green beans

Talking about Thanksgiving makes me so excited for the holidays. Halloween is tomorrow, Thanksgiving is a month away, and just another month until Christmas!

This is my first semester in college and my new roommates and I already have big plans for the holidays. Since we won’t be in our apartment for the Thanksgiving and Christmas, most of the holidays, and most of our birthdays we decided to just celebrate all the holidays and celebrations all the time. 

Holiday Shelf

In our living room we have two adorable shelves. On one we decorated with cute flowers and succulents. The other one we decorated with something from pretty much every holiday. That way we can enjoy the happiness of the holiday season all year round (also so we don’t have to redecorate every month). It also turns out it is a great conversation starter. 

Boiled Green Beans Recipe

I first had these Boiled Green Beans when I went to Virginia to visit my Dad and his wife. His wife is an amazing and creative cook and baker. You will never leave her kitchen feeling anything less than full. 

She is the one that made these green beans for me. I don’t often ask people for the recipe to their food but I did this time. I knew I would want to make them again. 

There are only two steps to make Boiled Green Beans: 

  1. Cut ends off Green Beans (See image below)
  2. Boil green beans
  3. Toss the in butter and seasonings
Cut Green Beans


Fresh Green Beans: This recipe is too good for canned or frozen green beans. Get the fresh green beans from the produce aisle. Since raw green beans come as the whole bean, it does take less than 5 extra minutes to cut off the ends, but totally worth it.

Butter: I know, I know! It’s taboo to add butter to your veggies because then it makes them unhealthy. I totally disagree with this!

My mom’s theory is that if you add things like cheese or butter to your veggies then you will want to eat more of them. If you force yourself to eat vegetables raw then you will eventually hate vegetables and it will seem like a chore. I also promise you that in the long run, you will eat more vegetables because they taste better.

Also, by adding butter to the vegetables, it doesn’t take away any nutritional value that you would normally get from them. Sure, it is probably not wise to drench them in butter, but adding enough to add some flavor and enjoyment will do miracles. 

Give it a try and I hope you love what you make!

Boiled Green beans on thanksgiving plate

Boiled Green Beans

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The best way to make green beans taste good! This recipe uses fresh green beans and couple ingredients to add some flavor.
Prep Time 8 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 28 mins
Course Side Dish
Servings 8 servings


  • About 16 oz fresh green beans
  • 3-4 tbsp butter (melted) avocado butter is good too (and dairy free)
  • 1 tsp onion flakes or onion powder
  • ¼ tsp garlic powder
  • tsp dried parsley flakes
  • ½ tsp pepper
  • ½ tsp salt


  • Bring a large pot of water to a boil (enough water to fully submerse the green beans)
  • Meanwhile, wash and rinse the green beans
  • Cut off the ends of green beans with a pair of clean kitchen scissors
    Cut Green Beans
  • Once the water is boiling, add in the green beans. Check them after 20 minutes but it could take up to 30 minutes to achieve the desired texture. They should be soft and cooked through but still have a slight crunch
  • Drain the beans and move to a large bowl.
  • Mix in the butter, onion flakes, garlic powder, parsley, and salt and pepper and enjoy!
Keyword Boiled



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